6266 No More Onion Picker Creamy Onion Soup – #jworiginalrecipe

14 Nov

I like onion rings with a lot of ranch dressing; and I like onions in a nice red sauce: and I adore the smell of onions sizzling with some butter in a pan, but that is about as far as my love affair goes with onions. The love of my life will tell you that he likes the flavor of onions but not the onion. He will eat an onion ring by splitting it in half, pulling out the onion and eat just the breaded part. That same wonderful man also loves a good french onion soup, but will spend most of his time picking out any pieces of onion that have the audacity to be floating in his soup. This ritual, I am sorry to say, drives me insane. I am not a big fan of french onion soup and neither are my kids, but I have been making this soup for my husband since we were first married, because he loves it. I call him an ‘onion picker,’ because he spends more time picking out the onions than enjoying the soup. Well…I changed the game a few weeks ago and surprised myself with a recipe I just had to share.

While in the process of making my dear husband’s favorite soup, I asked him if he was going to take on the role of ‘onion picker’ again. His answer was yes, and he said it with a really big smile. I gave him my own smile and a look only a southern girl would understand and said, “We’ll see about that!” A few minutes and an immersion mixer later…Not one onion was left. Oh, yes, I did! (Why hadn’t I thought of this before?) I looked at him and said, “Pick the onions out of that!” He just laughed, but this burst of feisty ended up being a blessing in disguise.

A few toasted pieces of cheese covered bread later, and dinner was on the table. The flavor of the soup was my first surprise and my youngest son’s reaction to it was my second. It tasted amazing and my son loved it. My burst of joy came when I realized I had cured my husband of his ‘onion picking’ habit. Overall the soup was a hit, and ever since that burst of feisty a few weeks ago, we have made a pot of this soup every weekend.

So here is the recipe for all you onion dislikers and ‘onion pickers’ out there. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

SOUTHERN RATING: Low (only two sticks of butter)
ADDICTIVE RATING: High (especially on those cold winter days)
SKILL LEVEL: Low, but supervise if you let the kids cut up the onions
RECIPE CLARIFICATION: Two sticks of butter means BUTTER. If the container you are holding does not say BUTTER, it IS NOT BUTTER!
TIPS & TRICKS: (1) You can make this soup a little thicker or thinner by the amount of water/bouillon combination you add. (2)I made this soup for the first time with vegetable broth for a vegetarian friend. I didn’t think the taste was any different, so I stuck with it. You can use beef broth if you like. (3) If you like onions, you can skip the immersion blender step.

JW Food and Design’s 6266 Onion Picker Creamy Onion Soup (the 6266 is in reference to ingredients and will help you remember the amounts)

Add to your favorite soup pot:
6 onions
2 sticks of butter
Saute the onions with the butter on medium until the onions are clear.
Add to your mixer bowl:
6 cups of water
6 teaspoons of Better than Bouillon Vegetable


Ingredients for the 6266 Onion Picker Creamy Onion Soup

Cover with a lid and let simmer for as long as you have. I have let the soup simmer for 30 minutes, and I have let it simmer for two hours. Do what works for you.

In your oven, broil/toast on low a few thick slices of bread covered with a nice provolone (try a few different cheeses to see what you like). While the bread is toasting, bring out your immersion blender (we have an immersion blender video if you don’t know what that is) and mix the whole pot of soup up. Once finished hiding that this soup may contain onions,  fill up your soup bowls, place the toasted bread on top and season as you like. Sit and enjoy with your family on a cold winter day.

6266 Onion Picker Creamy Onion Soup with Toasted Bread and Pepper

We hope you enjoy as much as we do.

Big Hug…JW

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